Conversations to an Empty Chair..
- Davenport, Iowa, United States
- July 20
- From my home in Davenport, Iowa. That is all.
MY RECENT POSTS
- In Relationship with Mother
November 10, 2012 10:10PM
- Mourning in America:
Reflections on Aurora
July 23, 2012 10:42PM
- I Still Believe in Santa Claus
December 14, 2011 12:43PM
- Where the River Takes a
August 03, 2011 05:33PM
- Boehner's Missed Opportunity
February 13, 2011 07:11PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “My thoughts both are and
go with you. Thank you for
March 06, 2012 10:59AM
- “Beautiful. Beyond
description. Worthy of an
February 24, 2012 10:38PM
- “First, congratulations
on your Editor's Pick. And,
kudos for your
January 05, 2012 06:22AM
- “He is a jolly one. I
suspect he is quite a bit more
to enjoy the
December 22, 2011 11:33AM
- “Congratulations on the
First, as you no
doubt know, Joe Paterno was
November 10, 2011 08:33AM
from D's Random Thoughts & Feelings
One result from Hurricane Sandy? An argument over climate change. Now, whether one is pro or con on the subject, one observation is worth noting.
Humankind is not some isolated collaboration of… Read full post »
"The First Mourning" painting by William-Adolphe Bourguereau, courtesy of Wikipedia
Within shouting distance of the Genesis Creation story, the darkness of murder rears its ugly head. Cain murders his brother Abel. Furious and downcast over the rejected offering of his lan… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of Tiffany's Tidbits
The truth about Santa.
Santa Claus is both real and unreal; true and untrue. None of which matters to me. I believe in Santa Claus. Or, should I say, I believe in the Myth of Santa Claus. I love the prospect of… Read full post »
*1952 Iowa liscense plate from www.deerrunmercantile.com
For those who live either on the East or West Coasts, still believing that we Iowans only live on farms surrounded by huge fields of corn, I have some news for you. We don't. I have… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of worldnewsnow.com
On Sunday's "Meet the Press," House majority leader John Boehner of Ohio got a pitch over the heart of plate and rather than hit the home run, he fouled it off.
Asked by Moderator David Gregory about President Obama's citizenship and r… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of digitaltrends.com
The hours I have spent in our local Borders Bookstore defies measure. On one rainy Saturday afternoon, I walked into this Mecca of books, magazines, and music just shortly after noon, only to leave in time… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of www.pbs.org
I love Antiques Roadshow! The American version of a similar show in Britian, Antiques Roadshow is based on a simple premise. People are invited to bring whate… Read full post »
~Snow-draped tree outside my apartment
Snow drapes the sprawling tree
and I am reminded
of the wonderment
of Magi who journeyed
with an eye towards Nature's
in Humanity's blessed
~from www.arts.uwaterloo.ca (this is not my mother!)
A recent article in the New York Times immediately caught my attention. Titled "U.S. Rethinks Strategy for the 'Unthinkable,'" William J. Broad's article elucidates the findings of the Federal Emergency Management A… Read full post »
While traveling to Fergus Falls, Minnesota to celebrate Thanksgiving, I ran into a snowstorm. This is was not a major storm but enough to leave roads somewhat snow covered and icy. Twice I nearly stopped to hunker down at a motel thinking I could continue my trip the next morning.… Read full post »
John Lennon and Yoko Ono outside the Dakota in September 1980
I, like so many others, heard of John Lennon's murder while watching Monday Night Football. Howard Cosell broke the news.
An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside ofhis… Read full post »
Zen stories are told to both entertain and cause one to think, reflect, meditate, even laugh. This story seemed appropriate to the season. Amidst the hustle and bustle that is the Holidays, where does one find the Holy among what seems profane?
It is said that "seeing is be… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of Kansas City Star and NASA
It turns out that there are more stars in the Universe than Scientists thought. Imagine that!
Without going into much boring detail, according to a study published on line by the journal Nature, where once experts on the Universe thought… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of appleinsider.com and christie's
In 1976, I was finishing my undergraduate degree and making plans to enter a Masters Program. That same year Steven P. Jobs and Steve Wozniak were rolling out what was essentially the first personal computer. Apple sold… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of theresolved.com
Deck the Halls, the Holiday Season is fast approaching! In fact, for some time, the chambers of the Retailers' cathedrals have already been decked out, including the playing of Christmas music!
In my opinion, "Silent Night" capture… Read full post »
The nights now grow darker,
and whereas the Sun's light once brought me home,
now the headlights beam
their flooded guidance
through the paved streets
and the deepening cold,
and Stars now sprinkle their
glow though the Night Sky
and… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of Bing and americanwilbert.com
Recently, in my hometown of Davenport, Iowa, an unconscious toddler arrived at the Emergency Room. Something was horribly wrong. Brought by the mother's boyfriend who was caring for the child while his mother worked, the child had sustai… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of Bing
"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of Bing and avsforum.com
Jack had his beanstalk,
Jacob his ladder,
Yearning to leave here is what's really the matter.
Kirk in his Starship,
Dorothy her brooding,
What's wrong with this place and why all the mooding?
'Cause here is here,
and there… Read full post »
photo courtesy of Bing and businessinsociety.blogspot
October's chill obliges my scarf and fedora,
the morning rain glistening from fallen leaves
while the northern breeze stirs the now barren branches.
I walk along the sidewalk,
eyes downward, noticing the tips… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of Bing and shakalaka.be
A pleasant Sunday to you all. Zen Sunday. Since Sunday seems a wonderful day for reflection, contemplation and filling out very large crossword puzzles, it seemed appropriate to move Saturday Zen.
I don't write these Zen stories. &n… Read full post »
Statue of Roger Williams in Providence, Rhode Island
~photo courtesy of www.planetware.com
For a time, I considered myself a Baptist. I graduated from a Baptist Seminary. My Seminary curriculum included Baptist History, which means I was introduced to Roger Willia… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of Bing and www.shakalaka.be
Saturday Zen. A day for a story that makes one think, reflect, contemplate, laugh, scratch one's head and most importantly, enjoy.
Feel free to read, reflect, comment.
A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, "I… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of Sabo News and NY Daily News Web Site
I have long been perplexed by politicians and business leaders who slam same-sex marriage, politic against it, and in the process deny Gays and Lesbians the right to marry, reap the benefits of a shared life of marriage… Read full post »
~photo courtesy of Bing and www.shakalaka.be
Zen Saturday. A day for stories that make one think. You are invited to read the story, then, comment. What do you make of the story? What are your own reflections, thoughts, feelings?
A priest was in charge of a gard… Read full post »